Mansion on Forsyth Park

love-opera-victoria-bakerSavannah is only 90 minutes from Charleston and I just had to visit.

Many people think they’re twin cities but that’s not true. They’re more like half-sisters with shared DNA but their own very distinct characteristics. Savannah has more of a Deep South flavor than Charleston. The mossy oaks are mossier and the heat is hotter. The buildings are stunning albeit not as well preserved as the ones in Charleston. Savannah has all the trappings of an amazing up-and-coming city, the potential is great.

Mansion on Forsyth Park is the premier hotel in Savannah, part of the distinguished Autograph Collection. It is a luxurious enclave overlooking the park. This is one building that has been renovated to its fullest potential. The classic historical features have been preserved with room for every uber modern amenity. It’s the ideal base for any visit to Savannah and you can find out more information at

When I was there it was hot, extremely hot. To beat the heat I made sure that any explorative walks took place in the early morning. At 7 a.m. I would stroll around Forsyth Park. It’s 30 acres of old oak tree with Spanish moss dripping from every side, a confederate monument, a sparkling white fountain and benches everywhere for strollers to sit and watch the world go by.

During the Civil War, the city did not fall until Union General William Tecumseh Sherman who entered in mid-December. Upon entering Savannah, Sherman was said to be so impressed by its beauty that he could not destroy it. On December 22, 1864, he sent a famous telegram to President Abraham Lincoln, offering the city as a Christmas present.

Mansion on Forsyth Park, with its grand facade, takes its guests back to a time when gentility was paramount. Renovated and reopened in 2005 by Savannah native art collector Richard Kessler, Mansion on Forsyth Park is an iconic building in a city renowned for its beauty.

As you enter this grand 125-room Victorian Romanesque mansion you’ll be struck by the modernity of the interior of onyx and Verona marble, Lalique chandeliers and Versace furniture in the lobby. The renowned restaurant 700 Drayton Street combines classic architecture with bright colors, leopard prints, bold paintings and opulent grand pianos.

They have taken the staid concept of a classic hotel and spiced it up to appeal to a younger generation.

Savannah is a city for those, like me, who are nostalgic and constantly in search of a time that is no longer. French novelist Marcel Proust glorified his nostalgia in his masterpiece In Search of Lost Time. He also offers a possible cure in the following quote and an anecdote for weary travelers, “The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in seeing through new eyes.”


Victoria Baker, of Greenwich, is an opera singer. Winner of many prestigious competitions, she has performed and worked with distinguished artists all over the world (notably at Lincoln Center). Should you have any questions that deserve answers and may be in print please call 203-531-7499 or e-mail [email protected]

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